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The World's Best Skis

How do you imagine the world’s best skis? I know, it’s probably a question that’s been slowly eating you up inside for years. But go on, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind? It’s probably some kind of futuristic, carbon fibre experiment lost from an aerospace research site, an intensely technological achievement in downhill speed. That though is just not true; quite the opposite in fact. Foil Skis could have been believably crafted a century back, but they remain today the finest skis to ever grace a piste. There’s nothing futuristic about them, nothing more suited to black ops than a black slope – just craftsmanship to last the ages. Ok so a hell of a lot of R&D goes into foil as well – you can’t make the best skis in the world if you don’t know what’s required – but the way they’re made is the same as they have been for decades, nestled in the Italian Alps. The result is a range of ski... Read More »

When Fashion Meets Furniture

Some luxury partnerships are so obvious as to be second nature to most brands. Cars and watches, champagne and racing, rum and sailing, it goes on and on. There’s one pairing though that while obvious on the surface we don’t actually see much of: fashion and interiors. You’d expect the two to fit nicely; they’re both trend-oriented, seasonal and very, very personal. Unfortunately for the sartorially-savvy in search of a new living room, that’s just not the case. Oh, there are plenty of fashion houses that try, but there are nearly as many that fail. In fact, there are a scant handful that actually manage to get it right, among which is our personal favourite: Roberto Cavalli. The Italian maison isn’t some shy, retiring couturier (as if there were such a thing); they are big and bold with almost Versace levels of Italian flair. Their obsession with nature-inspired and animal prints continues to keep them on the fashion radar in a big way. But wh... Read More »

Ujetting Through the Commute

If purgatory is real, it’s London at rush hour. We’ve all been stuck in it, sweltering with a strange mix of heat and growing anger. Well, we may have just found a solution: the Ujet. Imagine having all the ease through traffic and selfless sense of saving the world as a cyclist, but without all that effort. That’s just the start of what Ujet’s phenomenal electric scooter offers. Don’t worry though, this isn’t some cheap little toy you see besuited would-be hipsters around Bank zipping around on. The Ujet is stunning to look at. It puts I Robot to shame with sheer engineering futurism, complete with orbital wheels and a sculptural, asymmetrical frame fit for MoMa. I’m not saying you’ll look innately cool weaving between cars on one… but it’ll definitely help matters.  Of course, style needs to be backed up with substance and there’s enough of that here for War and Peace. After just two hours charge, the ex... Read More »

Asprey Shoots for the Stars

If you can pierce the constant orange haze that hangs over London of an evening, there’s nothing as enrapturing as the night sky. Billions of constellations, galaxies and an astral dusting of stars, you can lose yourself staring straight upwards – which isn’t all that good for your neck. Instead, bring yourself back to earth with Asprey’s Cosmic Collection. Don’t worry, there’s nothing as boring as tiny silver star studs here. This is Asprey we’re talking about after all; the Bond Street institution wouldn’t settle for something so passé. Instead they’re reinterpreted that language of moons and stars into a far more modern, playful jewellery collection. This isn’t Asprey’s first foray above terra firma; their iconic rocket cocktail shaker has been a mainstay of their homeware for years and here returns as part of a necklace. The little child’s impression of a rocket ship it past of an apparent asteroid... Read More »

Breathing Space in Belgravia

Space: the final frontier. Well, at least in terms of interior design it is. In London – as with any metropolis with more people than sense – square footage is at a premium. However, numbers on paper don’t mean everything. If it did we’d be living in empty square boxes. Instead, it’s all about how we experience that space. Space is feeling as much as an objective fact, a combination of nuanced design, considered layout and natural light. Unfortunately for us, we weren’t the first to come to that conclusion. In fact, Landmass has been championing just that ethos for the past 20 years under the name of Volumetric Design. The fact is, any designer can throw statement pieces in every room and turn every finishing touch into an over the top feature. Sometimes it can even work. That’s not however what Landmass does. Possibly the prime (resi) example is their renowned project in Belgravia, a property with two floors stuck well below street le... Read More »

Elegant Italian Villas to Rent for the Concorso d’Eleganza

As the birthplace of some of the most iconic motoring marques in the world including Ferrari, Bugatti, Maserati and Lamborghini, it makes sense that Italy is also home to one of the most highly anticipated annual Concours d’Elegance. Taking place on the grounds of Lake Como’s most prestigious and iconic hotel the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, this year Concorso d’Eleganza offers guests the chance to admire and immerse themselves into a world of fine motors dating back to the 1920s-1980s, all organised by different categories. Taking place from Friday the 26th May until the Sunday the 28th May, the show splits all of these rare cars and beautiful motorbikes into categories grouping together vehicles that define a certain age or era or even feel, easily ensuring that you can focus on the period of automobile elegance that particularly appeals to you or all of them if you want to experience the history of motoring in motion. From Speed Demons, which sees the v... Read More »

Modern Masters at Maddox Gallery

From Andy Warhol to Lincoln Townley, Finn Stone to Banksy and Dan Baldwin, the sheer range of talented artists exhibited at Mayfair’s Maddox Gallery is nothing short of breath-taking. A colourful wonderland of modern artists whose styles break boundaries and represent a new era of art, it is this forward thinking attitude and celebration of off the cuff artists that has led Maddox Gallery to present its latest exhibition – Modern Masters. A group exhibition that features many works by Maddox Gallery’s most successful roster artists as well as some pieces by some recently signed talent, among this colourful selection of pieces are new and completely unseen works by Jason Dussault and creations by Italian artist Simafra, both of whom are rising talents in the art world and whose distinctive styles are well worth seeing firsthand. Previously known for his fashion brand Deuce Custom Ink/ Dussault Apparel, Jason Dussault has also worked with Gene Simmons on the Kiss... Read More »

Paul Smith: Fashionably Timeless

These days it’s hard to tell whether a watch is more a necessity or a status symbol. After all, it is so often about aesthetics and the name attached to a timepiece that really sets it apart – an attitude which has long been at the core of the fashion world as well. Due to this, in recent years we have seen the two worlds combine on many occasions with famous designers bringing out timepieces that reflect their design aesthetic rather than focusing on grand complications. Bridging the gap between true horology and seasonal style, these watches are daring and beautiful – ideal for anyone who wants an accessory that is equally as fashion forward as the clothes they wear. Known for being a designer who keeps ahead of the curve, Paul Smith have recently unveiled a new unisex MA watch collection, building from the original MA design and recreating it for the discerning man and woman.  A wonderfully understated, minimalist and modern design, this new MA watch col... Read More »

Lunch with Sir Steve Redgrave at The London Sporting Club

Winner of five Olympic gold medals and an all around sporting superstar, Sir Steve Redgrave is one of very few people to have ever achieved such a momentous amount of first place medals at the Olympic Games, solidifying his status as a legend within the world of sport. Achieving his five gold medals in rowing over the course of five consecutive games between 1984 and 2000, Sir Steve Redgrave is one of, if not the very best Olympian that the country has ever produced. Claiming his first victory at the 1984 games in Los Angeles as part of a four, his second gold was then achieved in Seoul four years later as part of a pair. In 1992 he teamed up with Sir Matthew Pinsent in Barcelona and won his third gold medal and in 1996 he claimed another title with Pinsent, the only gold medal that Team GB achieved at the Atlanta Games. Finally at Sydney in 2000 Redgrave claimed a fifth gold as part of a four, which propelled him into legendary status.   The coveted Sports Personality of th... Read More »

The Hideaways Club:  A Decade of Beautiful Destinations

Combining the very best parts of luxury property investment with a key to the luxury lifestyle, it’s no secret that The Hideaways Club has become one of the most coveted ways to holiday for those who appreciate the finer things in life. Able to give you access to only the most extraordinary properties in the most sought after destinations around the world without any of the hassles of full property ownership, The Hideaways Club is a unique concept that has revolutionised the idea of luxury travel, and one that over the last decade has evolved to become something truly extraordinary. Now celebrating ten years of allowing people to travel in a new and unique way, we look back on how The Hideaways Club has evolved through the years and what makes it one of the most exciting and glamorous opportunities for the modern traveller today. Beginning by offering a number of specially chosen properties around the world, over the course of a decade The Hideaways Club have expanded ho... Read More »

Ultimate gourmet travel on The Presidential

There was a time where train travel was the very height of elegance. A time that inspired Agatha Christie as she wrote of the Orient Express, it was a golden age where taking a trip was an adventure to be remembered instead of something every day. Aiming to bring this level of glamour and exclusivity back to the forefront of train travel, Portugal’s The Presidential train is a beautiful railway adventure that combines fine dining with the exploration of some of Portugal’s finest sights, something that is best enjoyed over three days in their Six Senses Gastro Tour.  Their premium package for people who want to truly embrace the spirit of what modern day luxury train travel is all about, this incredible journey will see you taste fine food and see the most fantastic scenery along the way, welcoming you into the very lap of luxury with an itinerary that will appeal to foodies, adventurers and all sorts of travellers alike. Ensuring that everybody who signs up for t... Read More »

D-Table: Furniture and Technology Combined

In the modern age technology has come to define life on a daily basis. Connected to work, socialising and even recreation there’s rarely a time when we don’t have technology at our fingertips, and yet it’s uncommon we are faced with technology being integrated into our lives in new and innovative ways.  After all, we will all rush out for the latest phone or laptop, but what if we were given the opportunity to explore all of the latest apps in a way that was daring and unique? This is exactly what makes the new D-Table such an intriguing premise. An innovative and futuristic merger between furniture and state of the art touchscreen tech, the D-Table is an interior piece that offers people the chance to have a statement piece of furniture that also doubles up as a highly interactive and impressive piece of technology. The man behind this impressive invention is Italian entrepreneur Danilo Cascella. Child of the Umberto and Fiorella Cascella who founded the C... Read More »

The Kitchen Opens At Chewton Glen

Already renowned for the great culinary diversity and dedication to fresh produce in their restaurants, luxury hotel Chewton Glen has now broadened their repertoire of delectable delights with the opening of a new restaurant/ cookery school called The Kitchen. A highly anticipated new eatery for the hotel, The Kitchen opened its doors earlier this month and has already become a new favourite for guests due to its interesting blend of dining, cooking and social aspects which marks it out as a very different experience to the other restaurants in the area. The perfect place to eat, meet, create and cook, The Kitchen is the result of a joint effort from Celebrity Chef and Chewton Glen alumnus James Martin and Chef Tutor Rob Cottam who will be heading up the cookery school.  Arguably the most exciting aspect of The Kitchen is how diverse it is as a space. Not confined to being merely a restaurant, The Kitchen has a number of demonstrations, bespoke lessons and stimulating course... Read More »

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017

Throughout the year there is always one motoring event that is always on everybody’s lips – the Goodwood Festival of speed. A different breed from the light-hearted vintage whimsy of Revival and the restrained approach of the ground’s horse races, the Festival of Speed is exactly what the name suggests –  a gathering all about raw power and eye-watering speed. An intoxicating, adrenaline fuelled mixture of cars, stars and motorsport royalty, the Festival of Speed is the biggest event of its kind in the world and continues to break records year after year. Created in 1993 by the current Earl of March after being inspired by the private hill climb his grandfather hosted in 1936 for the Lancia Car Club, The Festival of Speed has since become a huge global event that draws keen petrolheads and crowds from countries all over the world, gathering for four days for the events, excitement and stunning array of races that form the core identity of the festival.... Read More »

Ben Rousseau: Clocking On

Colchester is the oldest recorded town in England, the capital of Roman Britain nearly 2000 years’ ago. As a boy growing up in Colchester, designer Ben Rousseau was intrigued by the ingenuity of Roman engineering and architecture, but already had one step firmly in the future. Passionate about sci-fi movies, automotive design and futuristic technology, he chose to study Product and Industrial Design at University, having first embarked on graduate studies in 3D Design and Creative Model Making. Shortly after graduating, he founded Rousseau Design, which was then mainly focused on creating stage and lighting displays for commercial events. That same sense of theatre and dramatic narrative is a key ingredient of his creative philosophy. Ben produces collections of personal projects and art-design pieces that include highly engineered wall art, installations and sculptures. His work has been exhibited in institutions both UK and abroad, including the V&A Museum, the Grand... Read More »

Savoy Steam: The New Fragrance from Penhaligon’s

One of the oldest and most celebrated perfumers in England, there’s no denying that a new release from Penhaligon’s is always something to look forward to. Having recently played on their quintessentially British charm and quirky persona with their Portraits collection, Penhaligon’s instead have gone down a more traditional route with their latest fragrance release - Savoy Steam. Inspired by the tradition of gentlemen of old taking a break between their suit fittings and other well respected pursuits and relaxing in traditional Turkish steam baths on Jermyn Street, Penhaligon’s have aimed to capture this delightful image and cloud of fragrances in their new release and have created a feminine version to match so that gentlemen and ladies alike can experience the soothing and invigorating scents that have led to the creation of such an interesting new fragrance. Those familiar with Penhaligon’s will realise that this is not the first time the old Turk... Read More »

The South Kensington Club: Inspired by Adventure

If you were to think of the most iconic private members clubs in London, the South Kensington Club would certainly be one of the first to spring to mind. A famously innovative club that looks towards adventure and exploration as the inspiration behind its many ventures, though only a couple of years old SKC is a place where you can both feel entirely at home and also explore your horizons, all whilst making use of state of the art facilities and meeting likeminded individuals. Arguably the core part of the South Kensington Club is their worldly approach to wellbeing. Drawing on rituals from around the world to promote health, fitness and general spiritual happiness, the club is an oasis of calm where you can rest, relax and rejuvenate as well as get involved with exciting adventures, discussions and simply have a good time. By taking this belief that wellness is the core part of achieving a happy and balanced lifestyle, the club helps its members embrace this philosophy by supply... Read More »

Backes & Strauss: The Regent Beau Brummell Tourbillon Pocket Watch

There was a time where wristwatches were an idea that was a mere figment of the imagination. Time instead found its home in more ornate pieces, stunning pocket watches that balanced aesthetic beauty with a ceremony of time telling that afforded a certain gravitas that has been lost in the faster paced world of today. With a gentle pull of the fob chain a gentleman would summon his timepiece from his waistcoat pocket and into the palm of his hand, elegantly regarding the time in a way that required more than just a simple flick of the wrist. A beacon of a more elegant era, it was also people such a Beau Brummell, one of the Regency Period’s most flamboyantly popular gentlemen, who helped to form the identity of this more opulent era. A leading figure of male fashion and the dandy lifestyle, Beau Brummell was renowned for his wit and mastery over fashion, a taste for the finer things in life that was fuelled by his fortunate beginnings. Born in London in 1778 as the son of th... Read More »

Thomas Kennedy: Renaissance Man

Deep in the Shropshire countryside is a time machine: the studio of scagliola artist, Thomas Kennedy. Here Thomas produces a decorative surface that is so rare and extraordinary that even he cannot say precisely how it is made. Scagliola is a 16th-century plasterwork technique practised by only a handful of artists in the world today. It is thought to have originated in Southern Germany, as a direct response to the growing obsession among Europeans of the time for coloured marbles (pietra dure), inspired by the first excavations of Ancient Rome. Scagliola resembles marble and other stones, but is in fact comprised of gypsum plaster, animal glue and raw pigments, combined through a process that is almost entirely intuitive. As Thomas himself explains, “The process was historically passed down from word-of-mouth from father to son, because it varied so much across individual craftsmen that there was no one clear method. Over the last two decades, I have created many scagliola... Read More »

Noblekey: Combining Luxury With The Everyday

If there are three things that you must never leave the house without these days it’s your keys, your wallet and your phone. Whilst the luxury market have already explored and created the very best wallets and mobile handsets, it isn’t until now that Noblekey, a newcomer in the luxury world, have made it their mission to ensure that your keys are just as opulent as everything else. In a lot of ways this makes sense. After all, no matter whether it’s the keys for your home or your car, these small tools are something that you already treat with the utmost care, pieces of your everyday life that you have to value in order to keep control. Realising this, Noblekey have put to use their masterful expertise to help people create keys that are as intricate and exquisite as jewellery, instantly elevating the ordinary to new heights of beauty and the unique. The first step of this process is deciding on the design. As Noblekey only makes keys by request no two of their... Read More »

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